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When the global flu pandemic reigned in the fall of 1918, the body count was devastating. The vicious strain killed an estimated 50 million people worldwide, including 30,000 New Yorkers.

“It was one of the deadliest events in human history,” Sarah Henry, chief curator at the Museum of the City of New York, tells The Post.

A century later, that terrifying virus has inspired “Germ City: Microbes and the Metropolis” at MCNY, opening Friday. The exhibit, which was co-created by the New York Academy of Medicine, examines the effects of germs in this bustling city, where pathogens invisibly trail residents and tourists.

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